Saturday, November 19, 2011

DFW Trucks Supporting the Community that Supports Them

Originally posted on MobileFoodNews.com


The food trucks of Dallas-Fort Worth have been embraced by the Metroplex communities since they started rolling out earlier this year. Now that they are settled in, they have reversed roles in some respects and begun to not only embrace but support and help improve the communities in which they operate.

Recently, seven trucks participated in a Food Truck SmackDown to raise funds for a local charity, Ten for 10, which builds water wells and teaches African communities the importance of clean water. The SmackDown was the idea of Ten of 10 President, Sheryl Coyne-Batson, who invited the food trucks to participate as a way to draw interest to the event and also introduce the concept of food trucks to those who had never visited a truck. The interest was certainly drawn, with just short of 500 people purchasing tickets to sample the foods of Gandolfo’s New York Deli Dallas, So-Cal Tacos, Gennarino’s, Enticed, Jackalope Mobile Kitchen, Nammi Truck and 3 Men and A Taco, all of whom donated the food and time to serve everyone.

The same week, five trucks participated in the Grand Opening of a Dallas SPCA shelter. VP of Marketing, Mariah Davis said that the decision to invite the food trucks to participate in the event was easy because the shelter wanted something fun and unique for their guests. For the food trucks, it exposed them to a new group of customers and for the shelter received the benefit of promoting the event through the Facebook and Twitter pages of the trucks. Overall, it was a win for everyone.

DFW trucks are also involved in charity outside of group events.  Yes! Taco, a Fort Worth truck recently held a winter clothing drive to benefit a local church shelter. Every person who brought in an item to donate was given a free taco, as a token of their appreciation.  

Ruthie’s Rolling CafĂ© has established a monthly program called Ruthie’s Random Snack of Kindness, where once a month Ruthie and her operators pay a visit to a group or local non-profit to pass out   goodies.  Visits have included a Habitat for Humanity build, a homeless shelter and a Veteran’s Day celebration. Ruthie travels to wherever she can find a group of people whose day needs brightening.  The DFW media has joined in with Ruthie and is helping spread the word of the random snacks that Ruthie shares. Interviews with the beneficiaries of Ruthie’s kindness show how much these surprise snacks are appreciated.

 Cup-Cakin, a truck that had only been out for one week participated in a Make A Wish Halloween party for wish kids and donated $1 for every cupcake sold. Owner Ashley Green said that even if she lost money working the event it was worth it to her to be invited to participate and have an opportunity to give something to the kids and the foundation.  
Participation in the Food Truck SmackDown inspired several of the trucks to continue with charitable donations and include their customers in the generosity. Nammi Truck has established a monthly program where profits from the sell of their t-shirts are donated to a local charity, suggested by their Facebook and Twitter followers. So-Cal Tacos has established a monthly fund where all monies collected in a donation jar are given to a local cause. 

Gandolfo’s New York Deli Dallas Owner, Randy Woken, summed up his thoughts on charitable participation with a quote from Swedish philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg, “True Charity is the desire to be useful to others without thought of recompense.”  All of these truck owners obviously agree with this philosophy and while they expect nothing in return, the beneficiary of their generosity is the entire DFW Metroplex.   

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Truck Talk Tuesday - Good Karma Kitchen

One of the things I have enjoyed most about the food trucks is meeting people, not only the other customers but those who are bringing the trucks to life each day. These men and women are incredibly passionate about what they are doing and the food they are serving. I was also noticing that they all had a story of how their truck came about and how their life evolved in to being a part of one of the fastest growing small business concepts, not only in DFW but in the US. Each week I will share these stories in “Truck Talk Tuesday”.

This week we meet Megan and Christina of Good Karma Kitchen.



Good Karma Kitchen has hit the streets with limited services offering up a taste of their gluten-free vegetarian cuisine. Soon they'll be headed to the Fort Worth Food Park where they'll be serving up their eats Thursday - Sunday. Last night, Good Karma Kitchen posted a notice that they were providing gluten-free Thanksgiving pre-orders on their website (http://www.thegoodkarmakitchen.com).  I decided to get the inside scoop and the girls of Good Karma Kitchen were more than happy to provide some insight.

Question: How did your first service go?  
Answer: We had a great time and learned so much about what people are looking for and   how we can provide the best gluten-free vegetarian options we can. It was a ton of work, we're still exhausted, but it was the best feeling in the world to watch people eating and enjoying our food. It's amazing to see people who have lived without something as simple as a delicious piece of cake eating one of our chocolate dreams and smiling from ear to ear. Equally as enjoyable was having someone come up to the truck and ask "are you sure there is no meat in this meatball?"             

Question:  I saw your post about the gluten-free Thanksgiving items. What made you decide to make that an option? 
Answer: Well gluten is a protein that is found in rye, wheat and barley. Unfortunately, most conventional holiday items contain this protein. Everything from gravy, to desserts, to stuffing are off the table for those suffering from gluten sensitives or Celiac Disease. We've had to make two sets of Thanksgiving meals before because many family members just don't want to try something new. Making one holiday meal is hard enough and there are many families out there who have to make two: one gluten-free and one traditional.  We wanted to give people peace of mind and give them something they never thought they'd have again...a delicious holiday meal.
Rejuvination Flatbread
Question:  So what is Celiac Disease? I see gluten-free popping up on restaurant menus all the time.  
Answer: Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder that damages the small intestines and prevents the bodies ability to absorb valuable nutrients. While some people are allergic to wheat, Celiac Disease is not an allergy but an immune reaction to the gluten protein. Even a small amount of this protein can make people very, very sick. Even though restaurants are offering gluten-free items, we can tell you from personal experience that people have a very good chance of getting sick from cross-contamination. For instance, using a fryer for a french fry dusted with flour can contaminate a french fry not coated with flour if cooked in the same oil. Some restaurants are careful but many are not. It's why it was so important for us to have our food truck be 100% gluten-free.

Question:  Are you guys going to reveal your opening day menu for the food park? I'm excited for the sushi! 

Answer: Lol. Is it bad to say that we love our sushi? It's really just so different from what you find at restaurants. Right now we're going to offer traditional futamaki style rolls but will certainly throw in some different types of maki to mix it up. We're still working on our opening day menu but I can tell you that we'll have a nice variety of desserts including lemon bars and our best seller so far...chocolate dream. The opening day menu should be posted the day after Thanksgiving but you can count on our meatball and barbecue sandwiches being on the menu. We're also making sure that nearly all of our menu items can be made vegan.
Chocolate Dream & Macaroons
Question:  Have you gotten many comments on the name Good Karma Kitchen?  
Answer: We have! Megan actually thought of it in her sleep! Everyone in the family thought it was perfect. I think what we love most about it is that it gives us the ability to be more free with our menu. We really wanted a name that conveyed that we're not just one type of truck. We work on rotating menus so someone can come back each week for an entire year and never get the same meal twice. We'll keep our staples on the menu but we want some fun things to...look for specials like citrus curry, build-your-own stir fry and Sunday Dinners where we'll cook up country-fried steak with all the fixings. We truly want to share our food with people and really love what we do.
You can follow Good Karma Kitchen on Facebook and Twitter to find out where their truck Lucy will be until the Fort Worth Food Truck Park opens. Be sure to visit their website to place your order for gluten-free Thanksgiving items!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Crazy Sisters is Hiring!



Fort Worth & Tarrant Counties Fast Growing Crazy Sisters Gourmet Food Truck is looking for Part-Time Team Members.

We Love to have Fun but are Very Serious about our Food and our Service and we are looking for like minded people to join our team.

Our Ideal Team mate is.... 
- Hard working
- Dependable
- Comfortable in a fast-paced work environment
- Flexible with their schedule
- Passionate about Food & Customer Service
- Personable and outgoing

Duties include: 
- Food Preparation
- Customer Service
- Meal Expediting 
- Clean Up
- Able to lift 50 lbs
- Willingness to learn and participate in all aspects of the daily food truck routine.
- Able to Laugh and have fun.

A Good Driving Record and the ability to Drive a large truck is a plus but not a requirement.

The positions are part-time with the potential to grow into full-time for the right person(s).

We are located in the Mid-Cities area and Serve the Fort Worth Tarrant County Areas most days.
We handle catering work for large parties and events throughout the DFW Metroplex.

Please email your contact information, resume, references and anything else you would like us to see to CrazySisters@CrazySisters.net.
 
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